Charlotte: Toyota teams qualifying quotes

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Starting Position: 8th How was your qualifying lap? "I was pleased with the time, and we'll see where we wind up, but I'll be honest with you, I didn't think it would be that ...

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Starting Position: 8th

How was your qualifying lap? "I was pleased with the time, and we'll see where we wind up, but I'll be honest with you, I didn't think it would be that good. We got really loose in turn one. I think that when it landed, I over-loaded the front and it bottomed out pretty good and shot up the race track. The rest of the lap was good. Coming to the green was really good. I felt like the timed lap through (turns) three and four was really good. I just wasn't happy with how loose we were in turn one. It seemed like we still ran a good time, so we'll see where it ends up."

Did you think you had a chance for the pole? "I knew it wasn't going to be good enough. The Red Bull guys did a really good job. We made a lot of gains in practice. I was really loose in turn one. We'll see where it stacks up. The good thing about going out first is that you know you're going to be on the pole -- at least for a little bit."

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JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Starting Position: 11th

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DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 13th

How was your qualifying lap? "I had my hands full. It's definitely not the lap that we were looking for. We thought we were going to be a little more competitive. Our whole FedEx Express team worked hard. We had a really good car in practice. We tried to concentrate on qualifying today. We thought the track was going to tighten up a little bit. We just didn't get the balance where it needed to be. We know that we came from the back at the All-Star race so I think we can do that again in the 600. We're not going to be in the back by any means, but we'll probably be in the teens somewhere."

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JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 14th

How was your qualifying run? "I just screwed up. I got out of the Nationwide car and just drove into (turn) one too shallow. It was completely my fault. I thought we had a lot better Home Depot Toyota than that. The bright side is at least I have a better car than that. So, I'm happy about that. We'll see what we can do in 'happy hour' and see if we can get the car a little bit better. We'll see where that ends up."

Were you happy with your qualifying lap? "I just felt like I gave it up. I feel like I was the one that screwed that one up. I feel like I dropped it into (turn) one just way too soon and I killed the rest of the corner. It is what it is. We have a good car -- we have a better car than that. So, that makes me feel a little better. We'll put that in the past and learn from it and see if we can get a better car for Saturday and Sunday."

How do you feel about Lowe's Motor Speedway? "Even after the All-Star race I felt pretty confident about this place. I had a really good car there and I feel like I have a good car here, too. This is in qualifying trim today. This car seemed a lot faster than qualifying last week. We'll see what we can do in race trim. We haven't been in race trim yet. It's going to be a completely different car -- everyone knows that."

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SCOTT SPEED, No. 82 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Starting Position: 18th

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DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 21st

How did your car handle in qualifying? "We were not very good, unfortunately. It really felt like we would have been better -- even though we weren't happy with it in practice. In qualifying trim and stuff, we weren't really happy with it. We changed a couple things. The track picks up so much speed because it's been cool. The car acted a little different. We're going to have to maybe anticipate stuff a little different."

Was there one particular area where you had problems? "The car was just really tight. Getting through the center of the corners and off is just really, really tight through there. Disappointed with that. Hopefully, that will stay somewhere in the top-20 and we can get a decent pit selection for the race and go from there."

What will you work on Saturday? "All race stuff. Just trying to be consistent and making the thing forgiving. You can't forget you have to ride around in the thing for 600 miles and the car has to be forgiving and manageable -- you can't be on the edge every lap."

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MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Kingsford/Clorox Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Starting Position: 23rd

How was your qualifying run? "It's really tough and we had a tough practice. We picked up a lot of speed between practice and qualifying -- and we have to be happy with that. We got a bad pill -- draw -- and that's just the way it goes. We got a great piece and really looking forward to the race. Hopefully, we'll start in the front half."

What will you work on Saturday? "I'll be working on trying to find a good balance. We're pleased with it. It was decent. That's all that we can ask for."

Did you learn anything from last week? "We've been up and down, a bit. It's hard to really pinpoint it, but I think these tires are very susceptible to heat on the track and this track is very heat sensitive anyway. It's going to be a tough weekend."

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DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Prism Motorsports
Starting Position: 25th

MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Starting Position: 32nd

ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 RGM Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Starting Position: 37th

MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 39th

SCOTT RIGGS, No. 36 Toyota Camry, Tommy Baldwin Racing
Starting Position: 43rd

J.J. YELEY, No. 41 Smallsponsor.com Toyota Camry, Mayfield Motorsports
Starting Position: DNQ

TODD BODINE, No. 64 Toyota Camry, Gunselman Motorsports
Starting Position: DNQ

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Robby Gordon , Tommy Baldwin
Teams Red Bull Racing , Germain Racing , Tommy Baldwin Racing , Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing , Robby Gordon Motorsports , Prism Motorsports , NEMCO Motorsports